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Summary of the Second Day of Aviation Salon MAKS 2021 : On Wednesday, July 21, the 15th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2021 continued its work. As in previous years, the second day of the exhibition was the busiest in terms of the number of business program events and the number of cooperation agreements signed.

On July 21 Russian aircraft building companies signed a number of agreements with leasing companies providing for the supply of aircrafts for the benefit of airlines, as well as regional governments. For example, the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) has signed a letter of intent for the supply of three Il-114-300 aircrafts for the benefit of Vologda Aviation Enterprise JSC. The aircrafts will be delivered in 2023 under the privileged leasing program.

Russian Helicopters Holding signed an agreement with Gazprombank Leasing Group on cooperation in delivery of three Ka-62 helicopters for the benefit of operators in the Far East. These units are supposed to be transferred under financial lease agreements. Therefore, Gazprombank Leasing became the first domestic customer who ordered Ka-62. This will allow it to qualify for the delivery of first series of helicopters scheduled to be produced in 2022. Another agreement signed by the parties provides for the transfer of the Ka-32A11BC firefighting and search-and-rescue helicopter on terms of a financial lease for the benefit of the Republic of Bashkortostan. The indicative time of delivery is 2021.

Helix Airlines will be the next operator of Ansat helicopters. The carrier signed a contract for the delivery of three of these units, as well as one Mi-8MTV-1, with Russian Helicopters at the MAKS. The equipment to be used for the development of helicopter passenger travel and logistical support for fuel and energy companies will be delivered starting from 2022.

Industry companies use the International Aviation and Space Salon as a platform for aircraft delivery ceremonies. July 21, GTLK delivered the Mi-8MTV-1 helicopter to KrasAvia Airlines under a leasing agreement with governmental co-financing. The carrier expects to have a total of eight Mi-8AMT/MTV helicopters under the contract until 2027. One more helicopter was leased to RusAvia Airlines, which became the operator of the Ansat in aeromedical configuration.

Domestic manufacturers are not the only companies that used MAKS-2021 as a platform for the announcement of the upcoming aircraft supplies. For example, Airbus and Azimut Airlines announced the delivery of six A220-300 aircrafts in 2022-2024.

Cooperation Agreements
The second day of MAKS-2021 was very fruitful for Novikombank, the general financial partner of the salon. A number of funding agreements were signed with ORPE Technologiya named after A. G. Romashin, United Engine Corporation, Russian Helicopters Holding and Technodinamika Holding. The first document concerns funding in the amount of RUB 1.35 bn for the implementation of large-scale manufacturing of structural elements of the MS-21 aircraft. In its turn, funding of cooperation activities will be arranged for UEC as part of the program for large-scale manufacturing of the PD-14 engine. Helicopter manufacturers are raising RUB 10 bn to organize large-scale manufacturing of civil aircraft within the framework of the existing contractual obligations. Similarly, Technodinamika will use borrowed funds to organize the production of components for promising civil aviation aircrafts.

Signing of an agreement between the Ural Works of Civil Aviation and Kazakhstan Aviation Industry, underlying acquisition of 20% stake in Baikal-Engineering, the developer of the Baikal light multipurpose aircraft, by KAI was the landmark event in terms of the international cooperation development. The cost of the deal was RUB 1 bn. The partner from Kazakhstan will master the final assembly of the aircraft for its supply to the domestic and foreign markets. Furthermore, the company acted as a supplier of a number of assembly units.

A large pool of agreements was signed by the United Aircraft Corporation on the sidelines of the MAKS. These documents include an agreement on strategic cooperation with the Moscow Aviation Institute, which aims to create a joint training center for training of various categories of aviation personnel: engineering, ground, air staff, cabin crew members. The training process will include academic and simulator training, as well as collective participation in research and development. UAC and MAI also signed an agreement on implementation of the project to establish and develop the innovative research and technology center “Aerospace Valley” in the Ryazan region. The head of the region, Nikolai Lyubimov, acted as the third party to the contract. The research and technology center will be involved in the development of new technologies in the field of aerospace systems, radio and electronic engineering, information systems, biomedical technologies and medical products.

The higher frequency of Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft operations requires continuous development of after-sales service capabilities for these air-liners. On July 21, the RapartServices, a subsidiary of Irkut Corporation, signed a land plot sublease agreement with Sheremetyevo International Airport, JSC This site is used by UAC as a development platform for the modern technology complex designed for new-generation civil aircraft service. The complex will include parking shelters, parking bays for aircraft, taxi ways, an access road, and engineering facilities. The land plot for the construction of the complex is located in the area of RWY-3.

Russian Helicopters and VTB Bank signed a financing agreement with regard to projects for the development of civil helicopter manufacturing. The financial institution will be engaged in the providing of loans for civil manufacturing programs of the holding enterprises and financing of its ongoing and investment projects. Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies signed a cooperation agreement with Bank Rossiya. The systematic collaborative work will be aimed at implementing the Concern’s priority projects, expanding production capacities, and upgrading production facilities.

Technodinamika Holding and Zen Technologies Limited signed a document on strategic partnership in the civil sector of the Indian market. The cooperation will include in particular, the development, production and promotion of civil flight simulators, civil aviation pilot training centers, as well as simulators for medical personnel and medical equipment. Technodinamika, in cooperation with Tunnel Technologies, also planned to promote wind-tunnel facilities on foreign markets. Another international cooperation agreement was signed by GTLK, Industrial Drones LLC and the Brazilian company – BirdView Drone BioControl. The parties affirmed their intentions to export unmanned aerial vehicles manufactured in Russia.

Finally, Glavkosmos Launch Services signed a contract with Orbital Express to launch a small spacecraft into space, which will carry on board an experimental space server of RuVDS company. The launch is scheduled for 2022.

The theme of international cooperation was carried on by the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, which agreed on research and technology cooperation with Kazakhstan Aviation Industry LLP. Potential areas of joint activities include participation in Russian-Kazakh projects in the field of aviation using the research and testing base of TsAGI, research and development activities in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles and flight simulators.

Business Program
About 30 conferences, round tables, briefing meeting and press events were organized as a part of the official program on Wednesday. The key topics of the business program included unmanned technologies, building cooperative chains, and attracting young talents for the aerospace industry.

One of the landmark events of the business program on July 21 was the conference “Markets of the Future” held by the United Aircraft Corporation. Alexander Elchaninov, First Deputy Chairman of the Panel of the MIC of the Russian Federation, moderated the conference, while Oleg Bocharov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, and Yuri Slyusar, Director General of UAC, spoke as panelists. The conference was attended by representatives of subject federal executive authorities and leading aircraft manufacturing enterprises and organizations.

During the conference, the UAC analytical department presented a new long-term forecast for the civil aircraft market “Market Review 2021-2040” with consideration of major changes in the industry that take place against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the UAC forecast, in the nearest two decades (2021-2040) the average annual growth rate of the global passenger traffic will be 9.0% (given the results of 2020). The total demand over a twenty-year period for new passenger aircraft with a capacity of 30 seats and more is estimated as 38.1 thousand aircraft.

TsAGI held a large-scale conference on the development of supersonic aircraft at MAKS, where participants discussed topical problems in the areas of aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, new structural materials, propulsion engines and control systems.

The issue of unmanned aerial vehicles application is one of the most urgent at MAKS-2021. The large-scale conference “Unmanned Aviation in the Public Sector: Present and Future” brought together more than 100 specialists. Scores of presentations covered the issues referring to the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the public administration sector, the legal regulation of UAS, the prevention of the misuse of UAS and unauthorized interference with their operation, as well as a number of other issues. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and Russian State Register. In addition, a number of conferences were held on topics related to the certification of unmanned aerial vehicles, the development of ground infrastructure for the operation of the unmanned aerial vehicles and air traffic control, and other issues.

The panel discussion “Market Status and Key Problems of Business Aviation” included the topics of current performance, key aspects fostering development of the industry. The event was organized by the Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA).

A large-scale presentation of the LMS-901Baikal aircraft attracted attention of the operators of An-2 aircraft, which is to be replaced by this new aircraft. The chief designer of the aircraft made a presentation of own development and answered questions of prospective buyers. Several presentations were made at the United Engine Corporation pavilion. There was a presentation of program for prospective engines VK-650V, VK-1600V, PD-35 and a panel discussion “Aircraft Engines of the Future”.

The Future Hub section platform hosted specialists in electric propulsion systems and aircraft electrification, instruments and equipment for space and ground-based systems and complexes, as well as additive technologies. One of the highlights was the round table “Using capabilities of the engineering centers for the development of small innovative enterprises of aerospace profile”.

General Information
16,570 people visited MAKS-2021 on its second day. Subscribers of official MAKS accounts in social media platforms continued to follow the events of the salon, the media outreach was about 234 thousand people. The web-site of the exhibition was visited by more than 73 thousand users.

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